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Cat. No. 435/III, variant

Empty Nest, plate 6 of 14, from the portfolio, Autobiographical Series

State/Variant:
State III of III, variant
Date:
1994
Themes:
Architecture, Figures, Motherhood & Family, Objects
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint, with pencil additions
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 9 x 11 15/16" (22.8 x 30.4 cm); sheet: 17 1/2 x 20 1/16" (44.4 x 50.9 cm)
Signature:
Not signed
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
1 known variant impression of state III, outside the edition
Impression:
Not numbered
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state II, in drypoint: rightmost stool leg lengthened.
Additions in pencil: mouth added.
Background:
Bourgeois was often inspired by the subjects of early drawings when creating works at much later dates. This 1994 portfolio is an example of a project based primarily on drawings from the 1940s and referring to her life in New York at that time. The exceptions are as follows: plate 1, based on a drawing from 1986 that references childbirth; plates 4 and 9, based on drawings from the 1940s but depicting memories of her childhood years in France; plate 11, most probably based on a drawing from the 1940s of a European hotel desk.
Curatorial Remarks:
Of the 14 plates in "Autobiographical Series," Bourgeois titled this plate and plate 12. The untitled plates have been assigned descriptive titles for cataloguing purposes.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
607.1996
This Work in Other Collections:
Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Québec
Museu da Gravura Cidade de Curitiba, Brazil
Tate Modern, London

Empty Nest, plate 6 of 14, from the portfolio, Autobiographical Series
1993-1994

States

Louise Bourgeois. Empty Nest, plate 6 of 14, from the portfolio, Autobiographical Series. 1993
State I of III
1993
Louise Bourgeois. Empty Nest, plate 6 of 14, from the portfolio, Autobiographical Series. 1993
State II of III
1993
Louise Bourgeois. Empty Nest, plate 6 of 14, from the portfolio, Autobiographical Series. 1994
State III of III, variant
1994
Published Louise Bourgeois. Empty Nest, plate 6 of 14, from the portfolio, Autobiographical Series. 1994
State III of III
1994

Portfolio
1994

Louise Bourgeois. Autobiographical Series. 1994
Autobiographical Series
1994
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